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Shutdown keeps normal life crippled in Indian Kashmir

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Published: 07:36 GMT, Nov 23, 2016 |
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Separatist shutdown in India’s strife-torn Kashmir, in protest against the killing of an insurgent, continued to derail normal life on Wednesday (November 23).

Life in Jammu and Kashmir, India’s northernmost province, has been crippled for over four months now amid a shutdown call against the killing of separatist militant Burhan Wani in July.

Restrictions were reimposed after a two-day break last weekend amid mounting pressure from transporters and traders to enable them to earn their livelihood.

Shops remained shut in Srinagar, the summer capital. Roadside vendors were missing once again, roads were largely deserted and most residents chose to stay indoors.

About 100 civilians have been killed and over 6,000 wounded in clashes between protesters and security forces since Wani’s killing.

India has long accused Pakistan of backing militant groups operating in disputed Kashmir, as well as of sending fighters to other parts of the country to carry out acts of violence. However, Pakistan denies the allegations.

The nuclear-armed neighbours have been at odds over Kashmir ever since their independence nearly 70 years ago, fighting two of their three wars over the Himalayan region that they each rule in part but claim in full.